Below are a selection of messages from President Burstein to the campus community, editorials, and other writings on a variety of subjects. 

University Update on Efforts to Create an Antiracist Equity-minded Campus Culture (January 14, 2021)

Fri, 01/29/2021 - 3:20pm
Dear Lawrence Community, Like many of you, I am still digesting last week’s assault on the Capitol:  What does it mean for me?  What does it mean for Lawrence and our learning community?  The symbol of Confederate flags paraded through the nation’s capital continues to be in my thoughts and nightmares.  With many of us …

Welcome to Winter Term (January 7, 2021)

Thu, 01/07/2021 - 4:54pm
Dear Lawrence Community, I am sure all of you expected Winter Term to be unlike any other, but events, both national and local, have solidified the start of this new term as one that we will never forget.   The vision of a mob storming the nation’s Capital yesterday violated the very core of what we …

Community Health & Safety (October 1, 2020)

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 10:07am
Dear Lawrentians,  In this unprecedented time, our goal of protecting the health and safety of our community is more important than ever. Each week—and often every day—brings news that is deeply troubling, whether it is our nation surpassing more than 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 or the presence of a potential hate crime in a neighborhood near …

Matriculation Convocation 2020: Finding Home- Belonging During a Pandemic

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 2:46pm
Allison, thank you for that unusual and warm introduction and for your leadership of the Public Events Committee this year.  I look forward to seeing how you and the Committee reinvent our community gatherings.  Thank you Professors Gomez, Oh Zabrowski, Sieck, Spears and Swan for that beautiful prelude.  You made an excellent selection this year …

A Message from President Burstein & the Board of Trustees (September 11, 2020)

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 3:26pm
Dear Lawrence Community, I write to inform you that this academic year will be my last at the University. Serving as president of Lawrence for the past seven years has been the greatest honor and pleasure of my professional life. We have accomplished so much together: launching new curriculum and teaching methods; renewing campus infrastructure; and …

Fall 2020 Plans (7/14/2020)

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 2:04pm
Dear Lawrentians,  After two months of thoughtful collaboration across campus, we announce today that the university will offer all Lawrentians the opportunity to live and learn on campus this fall. We will also provide a distance learning option for the fall term for those who decide not to return to campus, whether it is because of health concerns; an inability to observe all the essential safety protocols described in this letter and …

Message from the Board of Trustees: Affirming our Commitment to Antiracism

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 4:03pm
Last week, the Board of Trustees took time out of its annual spring meetings to discuss the current civil unrest in our country. As a result of these discussions, the Board chose this moment to share the following statement with the Lawrence community affirming the University’s values and the necessary work ahead to fulfill Lawrence’s …

The Work Ahead (6/10/2020)

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 4:29pm
Dear Lawrence Community,  Thank you for sharing your hopes and frustrations with us individually or in larger community discussions over this past week. We too are experiencing anger and frustration and are at a time in our history when systemic oppression, racial injustice, and police violence are not just on the minds of our Black and other community members of …

A Safe Society for All (6/1/2020)

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 9:02am
Dear Lawrence Community, Events of the last week have reminded us that as we prepare campus and general society for a new normal in the midst of a global pandemic, other threats to safety exist for members of our community.  Like many of you, George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis left me angry and in pain.  …

Looking Forward to the Fall (5/28/2020)

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 10:20am
Dear Lawrentians, I hope that you and your loved ones are well in your homes, on campus, across the nation, and around the world. Things are going well on campus. But I miss the energy that Spring Term brings when you are all here:  ensembles and theater performances, senior recitals, athletic competitions, research and art …